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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 28, 2014

We've wrapped up today's live Long Island Now post, but here's a roundup of the top local stories for Monday, July 28, 2014.

Scroll down to view the latest tweets from Newsday and its reporters.

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TRAFFIC

SOUTHERN STATE PKWY. A crash on the eastbound side between Exit 19 (Peninsula Boulevard) and Exit 20 (Grand...

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Autistic Great Neck runner, Alex Schneider, closer to magazine cover

Alex Schneider, 22, of Great Neck, at the

(Credit: Picasa / Robyn Schneider)

Alex Schneider has pulled away from the pack.

The 24-year-old Great Neck resident who is competing for the cover of Runner’s World has earned a spot on the leader board.

Schneider is one of the roughly 1,700 runners vying to be on the cover of the national magazine’s December 2014 issue, and as of Monday morning, online voters had put him in the 15th place, with more than 1,800 votes. 

“It’s...

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Roundup: In Glen Cove, GOP outraises Dem political committee

GLEN COVE

GOP outraises Dem political committee

The Glen Cove Republican Committee raised $18,250 in the first half of the year, campaign finance filings show.

The Glen Cove Democratic Committee raised $200 during the same period, from Jan. 11 through July 11. Filings were due to the state Board of Elections on July 15. The Republican committee filed a week late because it was...

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Haven Avenue parking lot to close next weekend

The Haven Avenue commuter parking lot at the Port Washington station of the Long Island Rail Road will be closed next weekend.

The LIRR said the lot will be closed for 48 hours on Aug. 2 and 3, so crews can remove the Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass. That bridge was closed in April for safety reasons, officials have said, citing extensive corrosion.

LIRR officials said in a news release...

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Valley Stream's Joe Taglic advances in 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament

Valley Stream's Joe Taglic, 17, is competing in

(Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.)

Valley Stream resident Joe Taglic advanced Friday night in the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament.

Taglic, 17, finished second in the episode that aired Friday, earning one of the wild card spots in the semifinals. His semifinal episode will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV.

He has only been watching the show since last year, but is a longtime fan of trivia. He helped create the Quiz Bowl team...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, July 25, 2014

Suffolk County police released a surveillance image of

(Credit: SCPD)

We're wrapping up LI Now for Friday, July 25.

Looking at the weekend, Saturday is the better day weather-wise, with a forecast of clear skies and a high of about 80. Sunday, it'll again be around 80 but with a chance of thunderstorms.

For ideas of things to do indoors or out, be sure to visit exploreli.com.

(Mobile users can click the link below to access our coverage on social...

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Roundup: Home sales boost preservation funds

The East End’s land preservation funds continue to rake in money this year as a result of strong real estate sales.

The community preservation funds in the five eastern towns raised a combined $45.76 million in the first six months of 2014 -- about $2 million more than in the same period last year -- Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. said.

Thiele (I-Sag Harbor), who helped create the funds, said...

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Demolition of New Cassel's Grand Street School complete

The Grand Street School in New Cassel, shown

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Grand Street School is no more.

Town of North Hempstead officials said demolition has been completed nearly a month after that process was started on June 30. The one-time elementary school and community center had become an eyesore. Last year, $200,000 was secured for cleanup through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program, which assists communities seeking to redevelop...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nassau County police released a surveillance image of

(Credit: NCPD)

Thanks for visiting our Long Island live blog.

We're winding it down for the day, but here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

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WANTED:

Nassau County police are looking for an unidentified man who allegedly stole about $50 in merchandise from a Walmart in Uniondale. The crime occurred at around 12 p.m....

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Roundup: PSEG representative to attend civic group event

A representative of PSEG Long Island is scheduled to discuss the power company’s community outreach programs Monday at a meeting of the Coram Civic Association.

The civic group plans to meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Coram Fire Department, 303 Middle Country Rd.

The 20-minute discussion is expected to introduce residents to PSEG Long Island, which manages the Island’s electrical grid under...

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